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New system build..Suggestion/Thoughts needed!

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August 4, 2010 8:37:07 PM

I am thinking of putting together a new system and would like to get some input if I am getting the best bang for the buck because of the numerous different options available. This is the 2nd system I have ever built and it has been quite a while since then (some of the newer features I am not 100% clear on).

I am mainly building the system for longevity, stability, performance, and gaming (not strictly gaming/ but i dont want to have any issues).

My budget is around 1000-1500$

The thing I am really stuck on right now is the motherboard selection, one thing I am not clear on is the memory standard (ex 2000(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066). I do not plan on doing much as far as O.C., I mainly just want to be able to put all the components in and not have to worry about adjusting the BIOS to allow a piece of hardware to function properly.
I also was planning on using my old case. If you can remember what they look like it is an old Thermaltec Metal case with the clear side panel (Looks like the old school alienware cases). Do you think that will be sufficient enough to keep everything cool? I have 3 case fans for it.

Right now here is the configuration I am thinking:

Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(DEFINITELY open to suggestions on motherboard selection)

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Open to suggestions for ram as well, considering my statement about compatiblity above. I just chose this RAM for now because of the speed and the price). 6GB is plenty right? I was thinking maybe I could upgrade to 12 in the future if I wanted to.

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1465-AR GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

(Not sure the real difference between the 460 and 465)

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Debating on the 6.0Gbs, is there that much of a difference? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

PSU: Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Lifetime Warranty
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

CD/DVD Drive: Samsung SH-S223L/BEBS DVDRW Internal Drive - DVD+R 22X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, SATA, LightScribe (OEM)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Another thing I wasn’t positive on was whether or not to buy an OEM version of Windows 7 64-bit, or the retail version.

Suggestions on Heat Sinks are appreciated to.

Thanks everybody, I am interested to hear what you have to say.
August 4, 2010 8:50:46 PM

DDR3-1333 will cost less and you probably won't notice any performance difference.
That Ultra PSU is inefficient and poopy. Look for full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and 80+ certification for efficiency. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, and Enermax are among the better brands. Usually there are good deals on various Antec Earthwatts models, and sometimes on their Truepower New or on Corsair.
The WD Blue drives are not their fastest. Look for either WD Black, Seagate 7200.12, or Samsung Spinpoint F3.
August 4, 2010 8:56:13 PM

Motherboard and CPU are fine.

Newegg is out of that memory. Here is some excellent GSkill for a great price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Do not get a 465. A 460 equals it if not beating it in most cases, runs cooler,overclocks well and is cheaper. EVGA, MSI, Gigabyte or Asus are the brands I would consider. Make sure it is a 1GB model.

The Cavier Blue drives are not as fast as the Black series. I would go with a Samsung Spinpoint F3 myself. It is one of the best drives for the money. The 1TB model is on AMAZING sale right now!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the love of your new computer DO NOT buy an Ultra power supply! This is a MUCH better PSU and leaves you all the upgrade room in the world. It is more than you need but once again on great sale.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OEM Windows 7 can only be installed on one system. The full retail can be moved from computer to computer ( 1 at a time ) if you upgrade often. I bought OEM myself.
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August 4, 2010 8:58:22 PM

What is usage of system?

Ga x58 UD3 is a cheaper alternative to that mobo.

OCZ ram is bad idea. G Skill Pi 6gb kit is much better and only $160. DDR3 1600 cas 7.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
465 is biggest waste of money ever. If you need CUDA get a 470. If it's for gaming, you can get a 1gb 460 or 5850.

PSU
Great buy right now would be XFX 750 $109 after rebate for a very highly rated 80+ silver modular PSU.

HD
Dont get a blue. Very poor performance on those. Get a Spinpoint F3, best bang for buck. $60 for 1TB today only special.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 4, 2010 10:36:05 PM

Usage is mainly just everyday home computer usage. I just wanted to use quality parts and a setup that will run effecienctly. Other than that, yeah I want a nice gaming setup too, not to extreme but good enough where I dont have to worry about using the lowest settings (I'd like to run medium to high on the settings actually) on an up and coming game (My computer right now runs SC2 pretty crappy (it is a laptap though) but as far as like Diablo3 and other titles. Will the 460 do okay?

The comments and suggestions have been really helpful so far. Thank you
August 4, 2010 10:47:56 PM

Blizzard games aren't too demanding (they want everyone and his little brother to be able to play); a GTX460 will easily be enough. If budget is a concern, you could probably drop back to a HD5770 and still get excellent frame rates on those games, right up to 1920x1080.
August 4, 2010 10:57:18 PM

Cool, thats pretty much what I figured, but I'll was just checkin. I'll probably go with the 460 still so I have some cushion.
August 4, 2010 11:05:14 PM
August 4, 2010 11:22:28 PM

I think I really want to stick with the i7, that is a very nice setup for the price.
August 4, 2010 11:33:19 PM

why? i mean bizzard games only use 2 cores so a quad is more than enuff so paying $200 more on the i7 is like throwing your money away
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